Author Archives: Waka Waka Africa North East

The Windrush Story – Newcastle 22 June

Come along to Newcastle Library on 22 June and hear the Windrush Story – with music and poetry. Organised by the North East of England African Community Association. A free event, 13.00 to 15.00. Book here –


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Waka Waka February 2019

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Story of Reggae in Britain – watch it here !

Our second performance of “The Story of Reggae in Britain” on May 25th was a sell-out success in the Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall ! Our first venture outside the North East !
Check it out here:


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Bringing Communities and Heritage Together – Carlisle, 17 June, NEEACA

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” This World Here…Nomhlaba Le”

Curious Monkey Theatre Company, Newcastle upon Tyne and Newcastle Arts Development Organisation, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa have been collaborating for two years on the “Two Newcastles” project, and last week presented a work on Tyneside that they have created together called ” This World Here…Nomhlaba Le”
It’s a journey to a new world full of song and discovery. When faced with a new culture, visiting a new place, what do you bring with you? What do you leave behind? Original music intertwined with traditional South African and Geordie songs, verbatim testimony and storytelling about their lives, homes and experiences in two different Newcastles by the performers, exploring community and belonging, celebrating diversity and uncovering our unconscious biases. Asking…where is home?

Created and performed by:
Sanele Mzimela, Phelelani Mzimela, Velaphi Mthimkulu, Samu Khumalo, Sam Bell, Alice Blundell and Stan Hodgson
Directed by Amy Golding
Produced by Sphiwe Xulu and Jen Dewar
Assistant Director Jonluke McKie
This World Here…Nomhlaba Le was commissioned as a flagship cultural project of Newcastles of the World supported by International Newcastle. Funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Waka Waka Africa North East, Newcastle Municipality KZN, The Department for Arts and Culture (South Africa) The Tyne and Wear Community Foundation (UK)

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Latest News and What’s on from Waka Waka Africa North East – Spring 2018

Waka Waka What’s On + News Spring 2018


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Latest What’s On of African-Caribbean events in the North East

Waka News Early 2018


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Latest What’s On

Here’s our latest listings of African-Caribbean cultural events in the region

African-Caribbean What’s On November 17

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Unsung Sheroes & Heroes of Afrikan Heritage – Exhibition at Dynamix

Unsung Sheroes & Heroes of Afrikan Heritage: Dynamix Skatepark Gateshead, has been celebrating the lives and achievements of sheroes and heroes of Afrikan heritage, giving context and inspiration for the work of artists and activists engaged in challenging racism today.
An exhibition (lead curator Layla Gaye) will run from 16 November to 31 May at Dynamix – see
and includes large-scale murals portraits of Afrikan heritage people by artist Dreph, as well as rotating art installations, projections and educational panels bringing to light less known stories. Please share
From 13-16 November, Ghanaian-born London-based artist D’sane Neequay Dreph will be painting large scale murals. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist and for him to share his approach and practice with other artists/aspiring artists. Dreph has been painting since age 12, and his work has taken him around the world, but his work has recently been picked up and celebrated by the UK media, following a series of large scale murals he has painted around London, depicting women of Afrikan/Afro-Carribean heritage who are making significant contributions to their communities.
There are many opportunities for students and other young people to get involved with the exhibition, and with the project as a whole, including various workshops. Check out via the website. Entrance to exhibition and related events is free.
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Freedom City

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